ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves erased an early two-goal deficit with three unanswered goals and held on for a 3-2 victory against the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena Saturday night
Defensemen Mike Siklenka and Jaime Sifers and left wing Nigel Dawes provided the scoring for Chicago (5-4-1-0), while goaltender Peter Mannino turned aside 22 of 24 shots in his first start of the season.
Siklenka put the Wolves on top, 3-2, with a power-play goal – the eventual game-winner - at 10:48 of the third period. Right wing Darren Haydar took a shot, collected his own rebound, carried the puck behind the net and slipped a backhanded pass out to Siklenka in front, where the blueliner rifled it to the far side to put the Wolves ahead for the first time.
“We’ve had good second and third period efforts the last three games,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “We’re still making mistakes but I like the way we competed to come back from a 2-0 deficit.”
The IceHogs jumped out to 1-0 lead at 13:01 of the first period. Center Brandon Pirri worked a give-and-go with defenseman Nick Leddy as they drove into the Wolves zone and Pirri finished off the play, depositing a shot past Mannino (1-0-0).
Rockford (4-4-0-1) pulled ahead, 2-0, when Leddy banged a shot from the blueline that zipped past Mannino’s glove side, 17:08 into the first frame.
Dawes got the Wolves on the board, 13:21 into the second period to make the score 2-1. Dawes and Haydar broke out on a two-on-one and Haydar set Dawes up with a centering pass for a quick flip past IceHogs netminder Alec Richards.
Chicago tied it up, 2-2, with 63 seconds remaining in the second period with a goal from Sifers. Center Jared Ross fired a shot down the slot, which Richards got a piece of but fumbled, and Sifers came crashing in and pushed it over the line before the netminder could regain control of the bouncing puck.
Richards (3-2-0) thwarted 26 shots for the IceHogs.
The Wolves embark on a season-high eight game road trip next week, beginning with a visit to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Rockford 2 0 0 -- 2
Chicago 0 2 1 -- 3
First Period---1, Rockford, Pirri 3 (Leddy, Klinkhammer) 13:01; 2, Rockford, Leddy 1 (Connelly), 17:08. Penalties---Exelby, Rockford (boarding), 3:01; Bollig, Rockford (fighting), 6:37; Deveaux, Chicago (fighting), 6:37; Matheson, Chicago (interference), 8:01; Hagel, Rockford (hooking), 10:46; Exelby, Rockford (interference), 14:47.
Second Period---3, Chicago, Dawes 2 (Haydar, Krog), 13:21; 4, Chicago, Sifers 2 (Ross, Holzapfel), 18:57. Penalties---Welch, Chicago (interference), 2:23; Vishnevskiy, Rockford (high-sticking), 4:00.
Third Period---5, Chicago, Siklenka 2 (Haydar, Deveaux), 10:48 pp. Penalties---Bollig, Rockford (holding), 8:58; Kozek, Chicago (hooking), 13:45; Morin, Rockford (roughing), 14:14; Sifers, Chicago (roughing), 14:14; Dawes, Chicago (tripping), 14:38.
Shots on goal---Rockford: 8-6-10--24. Chicago: 8-11-10--29. Power plays---Rockford: 0-4. Chicago: 1-5. Goalies---Rockford, Richards (26-29). Chicago, Mannino (22-24). A---7,155. Referee---Chris Ciamaga. Linesmen---Craig Kneale and Brian Oliver.